If you’re from New York, or are just fans of Sex and The City, then you definitely heard of The Hamptons, the small peninsula in the vicinity of the Big Apple, a known favorite of celebrities — as well as non-celebrities — for spending summer weekends. Chiara went there last weekend, and gave us a few tips for 48 easy-chic hours. Ready to go?
WHERE TO EAT
Scarpetta Beach at Gurney’s (290 Old Montauk Hwy, Montauk)
This beautiful Montauk Hotel is one of the most elegant and glamorous of the area: it not only features a luxury spa, it also has the fantastic restaurant Scarpetta Beach, which is a real treat! Italian talent, French elegance and an ocean view: your bill might be high, but it will be totally worth it!
Sant’Ambroeus (30 Main Street, Southampton)
Anyone who lives in Milan — and a lot of us at TBS do — knows that this wonderful place is a guarantee of excellent food, and for the joy of New Yorkers, it’s recently opened up also at the Hamptons. Lunch, dinner, aperitif, but most of all Italian-style breakfast, with cappuccino and a croissant, as well as one of the peninsula’s best avocado toasts.
La Fondita (74 Montauk Hwy, Amagansett)
Eating well without spending a fortune is also possible at the Hamptons: that’s the case at this little Mexican restaurant, where you can taste utterly delicious nachos and tacos. The atmosphere is wonderful, with colorful tables and a sky-blue walls and a relaxed, informal feel. Their menu offers a wide selection, and it’s made to be compatible with a very wide range of food choices. We recommend chorizo, plantains with salsa verde, and aguas frescas, the typical non-alcoholic, fruit and water-based Mexican drinks: they are tasty and refreshing!
WHAT TO SEE, WHERE TO SHOP
This is an excellent location for a day out on the coast. Since it’s not so easy to access by road, and it’s mostly accessible from private properties, it’s one of the quietest and most deserted beaches in the area. You won’t see many tourists there.
It’s hard to find something like this anywhere else: a bay, dotted with small tourist marinas, where you can practice water sports ranging from sailing to SUP. You must stop by!
If you want to get away from the city bustle, Montauk is the right place for you. Located at the end of the peninsula, it has a beautiful lighthouse, it’s very popular with surfers, and most of all, it’s the most untouched part of the Hamptons, because it’s the furthest away from New York City.
East Hamptons and Southampton
If you’re looking for the most typical Hampton-like scenery you can imagine, this is where you should go: you’ll find quirky places, cute and local shops, but you’ll also get a few options for luxury shopping.
What goes around comes around
Vintage lovers, we are here for you! This cult shop located in NYC and LA also has a branch here, and this one has one of the best selections for vintage bags. Don’t forget to drop by!